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  • Why you should NEVER park in front of a hydrant: Boston firefighters smash BMW windows....

    04/10/2014 9:40:18 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 66 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | April 10, 2014 | Joshua Gardner
    A Boston BMW owner made the mistake of parking illegally in front of a fire hydrant, so fire fighters battling an 8-alarm blaze simply smashed a hose through the windows Wednesday night. It appears to be an act of retaliation at first, but firefighters say the fire hose must be as straight as possible to maintain water pressure. And with this multi-home inferno, they needed everything in perfect working order.
  • Illegal Alien Suing First Responders Who Rescued Him From Drowning (Video)

    03/13/2014 5:24:59 PM PDT · by montag813 · 32 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 03-13-2014 | Brian Hayes
    "I need money". Greedy illegal alien Roy Ortiz is suing those who saved his life.- by Brian Hayes | Top Right NewsLast month we profiled an illegal alien felon who made nearly $200,000 by mass-filing frivolous lawsuits against L.A. restaurants. But that was just a creep trying to game the system, and the system (shamefully) letting him. This is truly disgusting. An illegal alien in Colorado is suing several first responders who took part in rescuing him last September, when he became trapped in his car during a flash flood. You heard that right. They saved Roy Ortiz' life --...
  • Woman asks firefighter to help dying father, firefighter says ‘Not until I am dispatched,’

    01/30/2014 9:15:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 55 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 30, 2014 | Robby Soave
    A 77-year-old man died after collapsing across the street from a fire station, where his daughter had asked for immediate assistance and was instead rebuffed by a firefighter who told her he couldn’t help unless dispatch instructed him to intervene.The man, Medric Cecil Mills, collapsed near the Engine 26 fire station in the Brookland area of Washington, D.C. at about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. His daughter, Marie Mills, went to the station to beg for immediate medical assistance. But the firefighter she encountered there told her that she had to first call 911 so that dispatch could instruct him to...
  • Firefighters Refuse to Help Man, He Dies

    01/30/2014 10:40:58 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 63 replies
    Newser ^ | 01/30/2014 | Evann Gastaldo
    77-year-old collapsed across street from DC firehouse (Newser) – Marie Mills' father collapsed Saturday afternoon in a shopping center parking lot across the street from a Washington, DC, firehouse—but firefighters didn't rush to his aid, despite repeated pleas for help, and Medric "Cecil" Mills, 77, died of a heart attack. Marie Mills tells WTTG that bystanders were "screaming and hollering" at a firefighter across the street, and three people even ran over to Engine 26, but they were told rescuers could not respond until 911 was called, the Washington Post reports. Sources say that when 911 was called, an...
  • Family Of Firefighter Killed In Deadly Ariz. Wildfire Denied Lifetime Benefits From City

    08/06/2013 8:32:42 PM PDT · by The KG9 Kid · 43 replies
    PHOENIX (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — The mother and widow of one of 19 firefighters killed in an Arizona wildfire wants the city of Prescott to provide family survivor benefits reserved for full-time employees. Deborah Pfingston’s 29-year-old son, Andrew Ashcraft, died June 30 with 18 other members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots while working a wildfire around Yarnell. An investigation into the matter is ongoing. Pfingston plans to have a news conference on Tuesday in Prescott. The grieving mother also said city officials promised they would retroactively reclassify the seasonal, temporary employees as permanent so the families could receive additional survivor...
  • London Fire Brigade reveals rise in handcuff callouts

    07/29/2013 10:47:37 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 July 2013 Last updated at 07:21 ET
    Firefighters in London have been called to assist people who have become stuck in objects such as handcuffs and toilet seats more than 1,300 times in the last three years. London Fire Brigade said each instance cost taxpayers some £290, meaning the mishaps have cost at least £377,000. Emergency callouts included incidents where men had their genitals stuck in a toaster and a vacuum cleaner. ... "I don't know whether it's the Fifty Shades effect, but the number of incidents involving items like handcuffs seems to have gone up. "I'm sure most people will be Fifty Shades of red by...
  • At Boston's bombing scene: Catholic priests need not apply

    04/27/2013 7:45:25 AM PDT · by bboop · 41 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | April 26, 2013 | Phil Lawler
    Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Jennifer Graham tells me something that I hadn’t heard about Boston Marathon bombing. As dozens of victims were sprawled across Boylston Street, many of them in danger of death, Catholic priests came running to the scene—and were turned away. Doctors and nurses were welcome at the bombing scene. Firefighters and police officers were welcome. But Catholic priests, who might have offered the solace of the sacraments, were not. ”Catholics need not apply.” That slogan was familiar in Boston years ago, before Irish and Italian immigrants took over control of the city. Now, after decades...
  • Obama Still Not Scheduled to Visit West, Texas

    04/22/2013 6:48:04 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 40 replies
    WH Dossier ^ | 4-22-2013 | Keith Koffler
    President Obama is still not scheduled to visit the devastated community of West, Texas, where an explosion at a fertilizer plant five days ago killed 14 – including 11 emergency responders – and wounded approximately 200 people. Up to 75 homes were damaged, as well as an apartment complex that was decimated. Obama so far has sent prayers and money to the town, but not himself. (snip) He will have ample opportunity. The president, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, will be in Texas two days this week, heading to Dallas Wednesday for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser and then...
  • The unseen wounds and warriors of war

    04/21/2013 2:23:03 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 1 replies
    WND ^ | Arpil 21, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    Exclusive: Chuck Norris prays for bombing victims, applauds heroes' valiant acts As with others across the nation, my wife, Gena, and I are so proud of the first responders and host of rescuers, medical personnel, law enforcement, firemen, military, crisis counselors and good Samaritans who immediately were called into action and undoubtedly saved lives, limbs and souls because of their heroic efforts. Truly, America’s best shine brightest during our country’s most difficult and darkest moments. At the same time, however, my wife, Gena, and I join the rest of the nation in offering our most heartfelt condolences and prayers for...
  • These Soldiers Did the Boston Marathon Wearing 40-Pound Packs. Then They Helped Save Lives

    04/16/2013 5:33:09 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 50 replies
    Mother Jones News ^ | Tue Apr. 16, 2013 | Tasneem Raja
    At 5:20 a.m. on Monday, four hours before the Boston Marathon's elite runners took off, a group of 15 active-duty soldiers from the Massachusetts National Guard gathered at the starting line in Hopkinton. Each soldier was in full combat uniform and carried a "ruck," a military backpack weighing about 40 pounds. The rucks were filled with Camelbacks of water, extra uniforms, Gatorade, changes of socks—and first-aid and trauma kits. It was all just supposed to be symbolic. "Forced marches" or "humps" are a regular part of military training, brisk walking over tough terrain while carrying gear that could help a...
  • Hero FDNY lieutenant who was part of memorable 9/11 rescue photograph laid to rest

    02/03/2013 5:47:16 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 3, 2013 | Beth Stebner
    A hero firefighter who bravely served on September 11th alongside hundreds of other first responders has died of a rare lung condition, and was laid to rest yesterday. FDNY Lt Martin Fullam contracted polymyositis in 2005, and had also suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, which left him breathless and exhausted after the simplest of tasks.
  • Obama Tells Supporters To Get Medical Help From 'Paralegals' (video)

    07/16/2012 5:47:20 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies
    YouTube/Fox Nation ^ | July 16, 2012
    THE PRESIDENT: Now, before I finish, can I say, by the way, that some of you have been standing for a while and I see a couple folks slumping down a little bit. Make sure you're drinking water. Bend your knees. Don't stand up too straight. The paralegals will be -- the paralegals? (Laughter.) You don't need lawyers. (Laughter.) The paramedics will be coming by, so just give folks a little bit of room, they'll be fine. This happens at every event.
  • [D.C.] Metro defibrillator failed during rider's fatal heart attack [government health care]

    04/20/2012 10:57:26 AM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 19, 2012
    Metro is inspecting all of its defibrillators after one failed to work Monday when a 51-year-old rider suffered a fatal heart attack on the Yellow Line. The agency announced the news after The Washington Examiner started asking questions about the broken automated external defibrillator Thursday morning. Metro now says it plans to inspect all the defibrillators in its stations within 24 hours after determining the one at the Pentagon station had a dead battery. Metro has 46 defibrillators, meaning not every one of the 86 stations has one. The agency said Thursday it plans to add units at all remaining...
  • Reid says government jobs must take priority over private-sector jobs

    10/19/2011 8:58:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 19, 2011 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday said Congress needs to worry about government jobs more than private-sector jobs, and that this is why Senate Democrats are pushing a bill aimed at shoring up teachers and first-responders. "It's very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it's the public-sector jobs where we've lost huge numbers, and that's what this legislation is all about," Reid said on the Senate floor. Reid was responding to recent comments from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who accused Democrats of purposefully pursuing higher taxes as part of the teacher/first-responder bill, S....
  • Congressman’s CPR saves collapsed airport traveler’s life

    09/20/2011 9:24:21 AM PDT · by martosko · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/20/2011 | Matthew Boyle
    Chalk up Tennessee Republican Rep. Phil Roe’s Tuesday morning actions to heroism: Roe saved a man’s life with CPR after he flatlined in the Charlotte, North Carolina airport. Roe, an obstetrician before he first ran for public office, was walking through the Charlotte terminal with South Carolina Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney at about 7:15 a.m. when someone yelled out, “Is anybody here a doctor? There’s a gentleman who just collapsed!” Mulvaney told The Daily Caller that Roe rushed to the mans’ side and began CPR immediately. “He literally had just collapsed and Phil ran over there and I believe there...
  • 'I love knowing you're a hero': Memorial service hears tribute by boy, 9, to 9/11 fireman dad

    09/11/2011 12:16:53 PM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 9/11/2011 | Mark Duell
    It was a fitting tribute to salute their fallen colleagues, as 343 flags were carried by an honour guard for each one of the firemen who died on 9/11. Firemen from across the U.S. gathered in Manhattan, New York, around St Patrick's Cathedral, as a memorial service was held after an honour guard had marched down Fifth Avenue. The largest fire department in the U.S. held the ceremony as part of a weekend of events commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks that devastated America in 2001.
  • Hundreds of Motorcycles Head to Ground Zero for 9/11 Anniversary

    09/07/2011 12:20:30 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 23 replies
    AllAboutBikesMag ^ | Sept. 7, 2011 | Staff
    One hundred and ninety motorcycles, driven mostly by Chicago firefighters, are on their way to New York for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The motorcycles left on Tuesday morning from US Cellular Field and will make stops at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where flight 93 went down, and at the Pentagon, before reaching Ground Zero on September 11th. Tom Maloney, a Lieutenant for the Chicago Fire Deparment, started the Chicago to New York motorcycle ride after the 9/11 attacks. Maloney and several other Chicago firefighters traveled to New York after the attacks to help the New York firefighters dig through the rubble....
  • 911 Family Members Excluded from Official Tenth Anniversary 911 Ceremonies

    09/04/2011 9:43:16 AM PDT · by Nachum · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 9/4/11 | Pamela Geller
    Today, one 911 mom, who lost her son, said to me of our 911 Freedom Rally, "I am looking forward to the rally. It is a place we can be free to really remember the who, why, when and where of 9-11. The morning ceremony is devoid of any meaning." The NY Post is reporting that many 911 family members have not been invited to the official ceremonies of 911. This is just monstrous. First it was clergy, then 911 first responders who were excluded from the official ceremonies -- now it's the victims' families. Mayor Gloomberg not only lost...
  • Heroic 9/11 first respondents snubbed as they are denied an invitation to 10th anniv. of attacks

    08/13/2011 9:02:53 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 54 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 8-13-11
    Police, firemen and rescue workers who risked their lives to save the victims of 9/11 will not be invited to take part in the 10th anniversary ceremony. Despite giving up hours, days and weeks of their time to search for survivors and clear rubble, unpaid, rescuers are to be snubbed at next month's remembrance events. First responders will instead be asked back to the site at another day for a separate commemorative ceremony, according to officials. Space and security logistics were at the heart of the decision, the New York Daily News reported. The loved ones of those killed in...
  • City snubs finest: no room' for first responders at 9/11 anniversary

    08/13/2011 1:06:48 PM PDT · by radioone · 8 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 8-13-11 | Alison Gendar
    WASHINGTON - The cops, firefighters and rescue workers who toiled at Ground Zero will not be invited to take part in the 10th anniversary ceremony, a city official told the Daily News Friday. First responders will instead be asked back to the site at another day for a separate commemorative ceremony, city officials said.
  • Thousands Mourn Fallen L.A. Firefighter

    02/25/2011 12:55:37 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 12 replies
    MyFoxLA ^ | Feb. 25, 2011 | Bob DeCastro
    Los Angeles - Thousands of mourners gathered today for a funeral at the downtown Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to remember Los Angeles firefighter Glenn Allen, who was killed battling a blaze in the Hollywood Hills. "Glenn Allen was a beloved husband, father, brother, and son, a 36-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department, who like his father before him, dedicated his life to the most selfless public service there is -- saving other people who find themselves in harm's way," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said during his eulogy. "He was a giant on the force." The funeral...
  • Ailing 9/11 responders slam President Obama: Focus on Zadroga health bill, not Ground Zero mosque

    08/18/2010 5:18:15 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 12 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 08/18/10 | Erin Einhorn, Adam Lisberg and Richard Sisk
    Ailing 9/11 responders slammed President Obama on Tuesday for sounding off on the Ground Zero mosque while keeping silent on a $7.2 billion health care bill. "Why have you failed us? We thought you would be our champion" in pushing the legislation, John Feal wrote to Obama. One of the thousands who worked at The Pile after the World Trade Center attacks, Feal heads the Fealgood Foundation supporting the responders. The plight of the Ground Zero heroes, still suffering and dying from illnesses brought on by the toxic cloud over the twin towers' ruins, has taken a backseat to the...
  • Lawyers for 9/11 responders defend firm's conduct

    02/12/2010 3:39:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 236+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/12/10 | David B. Caruso - ap
    NEW YORK – The lead lawyer for thousands of Sept. 11 rescue and recovery workers has acknowledged that in preparing some claims, his firm made mistakes — including assertions that people had cancer when they didn't. But the attorney, Paul Napoli, said the errors all occurred at preliminary stages of the case, are being corrected and won't have any bearing on the outcome. He characterized the mistakes as few and accidental, caused by a crushing workload and a rush to meet court deadlines. "We are not trying to pull the wool over anyone's eyes," .. Napoli's firm, Worby Groner Edelman...
  • 9/11's delayed legacy: cancer for many of the rescue workers

    11/11/2009 6:21:16 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 14 replies · 754+ views
    Guardian.co.uk ^ | 11-11-09 | Ed Pilkington
    A spate of recent deaths of New York police and fire officers who took part in the emergency operation at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks has heightened fears that it could be the start of a delayed epidemic of cancer-related illness. Five firefighters and police officers, all of whom were involved in the rescue and clear-up at the site of the collapsed Twin Towers, have died of cancer in the past three months, the oldest being 44. Three died last month within a four-day period. Those three were Robert Grossman, a Harlem-based police officer who spent several weeks at...
  • Fort Hood first responders remained calm amid chaos

    11/06/2009 10:20:01 PM PST · by Saije · 15 replies · 1,006+ views
    CNN ^ | 11/6/2009 | Staff
    The first people who came across Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the psychiatrist suspected of Thursday's murderous rampage, told tales Friday of quick, calm efforts in the face of danger. By the time it was over -- in less than five minutes, base commander Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said -- 13 people were dead and 38, including Hasan, were wounded. Mark Todd was one of two civilian police sergeants credited with helping take down Hasan. He and partner Kimberly Munley pulled up outside the building where the shooting was occurring at the same time, and Todd saw the shooter standing outside...
  • Taz: Dog From 9/11 Search-and-Rescue Unit Dies

    10/03/2009 4:45:48 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 26 replies · 1,700+ views
    cityroom ^ | October 2, 2009, | Jennifer Lee
    A German shepherd named Taz, who was almost 2 years old when he was assigned from the city police’s K-9 unit to do search and rescue at the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attack, has died. Taz was the last of the dogs involved in the attacks to still serve on the force. He died of cardiac arrest last Sunday, the Police Department said. Taz would have been 10 years old on Oct. 31 and had served in the Canine Emergency Service Unit, where his duties consisted of searching for evidence, suspects and missing persons. (The average age of...
  • 911 dispatcher takes fire call for own house

    09/30/2009 4:50:46 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 4 replies · 647+ views
    bostonherald.com ^ | Sept. 30, 2009 | O’Ryan Johnson
    It was the kind of emergency call every dispatcher dreads. The one about his own house. Quincy Police 911 dispatcher Mike Bowes knew something was wrong Friday when dozens of callers suddenly jammed his lines. “I was talking to an EMT when the call came in, all the lines lit up red,” he said. “That happens when a lot of people call at once. I said ‘This isn’t good.’ ” The 11-year veteran, who has steered help to thousands of emergencies, doesn’t startle easily, but what he heard when he started taking the calls floored him. “The first one said,...
  • Emergency Workers Felt Jackson Dead at Scene

    06/26/2009 1:11:44 PM PDT · by Shermy · 82 replies · 4,029+ views
    TMZ ^ | June 26, 2009
    When EMTs arrived at Michael Jackson's home yesterday, the medics wanted to pronounce him dead on the scene -- but Michael's personal doctor refused to let them "call it" -- this according to sources close to the situation. When EMTs arrived there was evidence someone had been performing CPR on Michael for "quite some time." There was evidence of Lidocaine -- an old-school drug that can be used to treat disturbances in the heart's rhythm. Medics took over performing CPR but determined Jackson was lifeless -- and wanted to call the coroner to pick up the body. We're told Jackson...
  • Iraqi Firefighters Hone First Aid Skills

    06/05/2009 5:36:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 156+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Luke Koladish, USA
    A bilingual, bicultural advisor with the 364th Civil Affairs Brigade instructs members of the Basrah International Airport fire department during a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation class as part of a four week refresher training hosted by the Baghdad International Airport fire department. Photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Koladish, 114th Public Affairs Detachment. BASRAH — Fifteen members of the Basrah International Airport fire department conducted Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation training last week at the Baghdad International Airport in an effort to have the two airports certified by the International Civil Aviation Organization. "The ICAO requires the departments have certain standards; response times, the quality of...
  • Mock NYC Terror Attack Brings Up 9/11 Memories

    05/17/2009 5:38:10 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 5 replies · 354+ views
    CBS 3 PHILADELPHIA ^ | 17 MAY 2009 | AP
    More Than 800 Responders Stage Ground Zero Emergency Drill NEW YORK (AP) ― It was an emergency drill, yet the scene of hundreds of firefighters, police officers and other first responders hustling around the World Trade Center site Sunday evoked the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Firefighters carried oxygen tanks, hoses and heavy axes into an underground train station, while police and other emergency personnel helped those playing injured — all part of a large disaster response exercise at ground zero.
  • Now let's honor pilot who saved Flight 1549: Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger

    01/16/2009 12:21:31 AM PST · by malkee · 89 replies · 3,705+ views
    New York Daily Newis ^ | Jan 16 2009 | Michael Daly
    Just when we really needed a miracle, we got one. "Miracle on the Hudson," Gov. Paterson rightly called it. Paterson was standing with the mayor and the police commissioner and the fire commissioner and other faces that have become too familiar to us in moments of tragedy. They must have all been stricken with the same dread when word came that a passenger plane had gone down in the icy Hudson River on a day of killing cold. The dread was shared by all the cops and firefighters and paramedics who raced to the scene, emergency lights garish in the...
  • Fake Ambulance Spotted at RNC

    11/13/2008 3:46:15 PM PST · by BCW · 32 replies · 2,512+ views
    EMS Responder ^ | 31 OCT 2008 | DAVE LONG
    Numerous Minneapolis-Saint Paul area EMS agencies, headed by the U.S. Secret Service, undertook special preparations to handle EMS operations during the Republican National Convention held Sept 1-4, 2008. Following is an inside account of the experience along with some lessons to take away for future events. Fake Ambulance Spotted On Tuesday, the second day of the RNC, a Twin Cities Paramedic spotted an "ambulance" with unusual generic markings in the city of St. Paul. The medic had attended RNC briefings on the need for heightened awareness, and as an Iraq War Veteran, he was well-educated and possessed a keen eye...
  • First Responders Present Pins to McCain & Wife at Ground Zero

    09/11/2008 1:30:45 PM PDT · by The Wizard · 42 replies · 115+ views
    Stardate: 0811.09
    I was greatly impressed with the 2 first responders who took off lapel pins and gave them to John and Cindy McCain, and not Mr. Obama, as they all toured the site at Ground Zero........It made me feel good that New Yorkers can still tell the difference between those who do and those who claim to......You have to wonder which way Obama and McCain would be going when you think of those stairs inside the World Trade Center, who would be going up to help, who would be going down.......
  • 9/11 hero dog 'to be cloned'

    07/04/2008 3:26:39 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 1 replies · 149+ views
    .telegraph.co.uk ^ | Last Updated: 12:37AM BST 02/07/2008
    The German shepherd, who lives with his owner, James Symington, in Los Angeles, was picked by BioArts International, a Californian cloning firm, as the most "clone-worthy" canine in a competition offering an owner a free chance to replicate their pet. Mr Symington said he and Trakr were among the first search and rescue teams to arrive at the New York site after the attacks, and were responsible for locating the last human survivor under about 30 feet of debris
  • (Ex-HHS) Thompson Wins 9-11 Work (Helping First Responders of 9/11)

    06/05/2008 7:02:33 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 1 replies · 96+ views
    JSOnline via AP ^ | June 4, 2008 | Staff Writer @ AP
    (La Crosse, WI company will track health of ground zero workers) Washington - As President Bush's health chief, Tommy Thompson proudly trumpeted millions of taxpayer dollars to help workers sickened by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks at the World Trade Center, even amid complaints that his agency wasn't doing enough. Now, Thompson's private company has won an $11 million contract to treat some of those same workers - the latest twist in a fitful government effort to determine how many people were made ill by the toxic debris and to care for them. The contract awarded by the U.S. Centers...
  • A review of 'Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9/11'

    06/02/2008 11:32:46 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 30 replies · 198+ views
    At 9:37 a.m., on 9/11, those aboard Arlington Fire Department Engine 101 were headed north on I-395 for a training session near the Pentagon. Firefighter Jamie Lewis saw the American Airlines Flight 77 first. “Hey, look at the plane!” he shouted. “What’s he doing?” Nearby, on the Columbia Pike, Paramedic Claude Conde was loading a stroke victim into an ambulance when a plane roared overhead. “He had never seen a plane so close. Something wasn’t right. The airport wasn’t far away, but the plane was already at treetop level, well below the glide path it should be on for National...
  • Battling the Pentagon Blaze After 9/11

    05/23/2008 8:00:32 AM PDT · by Fry · 27 replies · 119+ views
    NPR ^ | 5/22/2008
    Fresh Air from WHYY, May 22, 2008 · After American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, it took firefighters three days to extinguish the flames. Firefighter Patrick Creed and journalist Rick Newman join Fresh Air to talk about the Pentagon blaze and the book they wrote about it, Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9/11. Firefight tells the stories of the people inside the Pentagon when the plane hit, the rescue efforts that followed the attack and the three-day battle to extinguish the blaze. Firefighters faced unique circumstances, Creed and Newman write,...
  • Experts now recommend hands-only CPR

    03/31/2008 7:17:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 786+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | Mar. 31, 2008 | STEPHANIE NANO
    You can skip the mouth-to-mouth breathing and just press on the chest to save a life. In a major change, the American Heart Association said Monday that hands-only CPR - rapid, deep presses on the victim's chest until help arrives - works just as well as standard CPR for sudden cardiac arrest in adults. Experts hope bystanders will now be more willing to jump in and help if they see someone suddenly collapse. Hands-only CPR is simpler and easier to remember and removes a big barrier for people skittish about the mouth-to-mouth breathing. "You only have to do two things....
  • New CPR advice: chest compressions only

    03/31/2008 1:31:01 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 60 replies · 2,319+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | March 31, 2008 | Suzanne Hoholik
    New CPR advice: chest compressions only Heart Association hopes simpler guidelines save lives Monday, March 31, 2008 4:00 PM By Suzanne Hoholik THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Hands-only CPR When you see an adult collapse: * 1. Call 9-1-1. * 2. Start hard, fast compressions at the center of the chest. Trade off with someone if you get tired. If no one else is around, continue compressions until paramedics arrive. In an effort to get more bystanders to perform CPR, the American Heart Association issued new guidelines today changing the way it teaches the lifesaving technique by eliminating mouth-to-mouth breaths. When an...
  • AP IMPACT: Sturdier Cars Slow Rescuers

    03/19/2008 5:05:53 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 6 replies · 274+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 3/19/08 | MITCH STACY
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Capt. Clint Roberts makes his living cutting accident victims out of hideously mangled vehicles, but even he could hardly believe it when two people in a 2007 midsize car survived a head-on crash with a full- sized pickup last year. The Ford Fusion's reinforced steel construction probably saved the lives of the 18-year-old driver and his 16-year-old passenger. But Roberts said it gave his Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crew fits as they tried to free them last November. Because hydraulic cutters couldn't shear the roof posts, rescue workers had to turn to heavy-duty electric saws, replacing...
  • Hybrids Hold Hidden Dangers

    02/21/2008 7:27:30 AM PST · by george76 · 115 replies · 317+ views
    7 NEWS ^ | February 21, 2008 | Theresa Marchetta
    Emergency Responders At Risk. hybrids may also hold a hidden danger if they are involved in a serious accident... a risk of electrocution. "If you don't know what you're doing you can be hurt seriously, if not killed by the voltage," said hybrid-certified mechanic Kevin Klein."There's 330 volts of electricity running through the lines," ... It only takes 50 to 100 volts to kill a person. "My coworkers know when I set these up, nobody's allowed in here but me," said Klein as he set up orange cones around his work area. "We have to wear face protection in case...
  • Sept 11 Claims Moved to Federal Court

    09/21/2007 3:07:40 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 76+ views
    New York (AP) -- Nearly 300 workers who want to sue the city for illnesses or injuries suffered at ground zero will have their claims heard in federal court, a state appeals panel has ruled. The Appellate Division decision Thursday reversed a lower court ruling that had allowed the workers' bids for litigation to proceed. The requests were filed by people who worked at the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The appeals court said federal law gave the U.S. District Court in Manhattan jurisdiction over all claims for loss of property, personal injury, or death...
  • Ground Zero Rally to Gain Health Aid for First Responders (Hillary shrieking)

    09/09/2007 9:46:38 AM PDT · by finnman69 · 18 replies · 461+ views
    Gothamist ^ | 9/9/07
    Politicians and labor leaders held a rally at Ground Zero Saturday pledging to support efforts to get federal funding for first responders, construction workers, volunteers, residents, and students exposed to health risks during and after the 9/11 attacks. On the sixth anniversary of that day, three New York Congressman––Democrats Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler, and Republican Vito Fossella––will introduce the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The bill would provide healthcare and monitoring to all the people exposed to the environment of downtown Manhattan after the attacks. It will also require the federal government to fund data collection so that the...
  • Accuracy of 9/11 Health Reports Is Questioned

    09/07/2007 12:22:03 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 449+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 7, 2007 | ANTHONY DePALMA and SERGE F. KOVALESKI
    Much of what is known about the health problems of ground zero workers comes from a small clinic in Manhattan that at the time of the trade center collapse had only six full-time doctors and a tiny budget. Yet in the weeks after 9/11, its doctors stepped into the fray in the absence of any meaningful effort by the city, state or federal government to survey, interview or offer treatment to potentially sickened recovery and cleanup workers. Since then, the clinic, the Irving J. Selikoff Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, based at Mount Sinai Medical Center, has examined more...
  • Public Safety Chills

    09/04/2007 5:06:58 AM PDT · by Big Labor Hater · 2 replies · 398+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 3, 2007 | Mark Mix
    September 3, 2007 By Mark Mix - After years of scheming, waiting, and investing forced dues into the campaigns of their handpicked politicians, Big Labor bosses believe they are just one step away from a big payoff. Their goal is simple: Ram the Police and Firefighter Monopoly Bargaining Bill (H.R. 980) into law by any means necessary. Just before the August recess, under suspension of the rules, union-label politicians succeeded in passing the Police and Firefighter Monopoly Bargaining Bill through the House. Thanks to the union bosses' propaganda machine, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ran into little difficulty. Misguided congressmen from...
  • Feds to restrict volunteers at disasters

    09/01/2007 11:46:43 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 51 replies · 1,031+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/1/7 | DEVLIN BARRETT
    Retiree Gene O'Brien hurried to the World Trade Center site after Sept. 11, 2001, as a volunteer helping to shuttle supplies to police and fire workers. Some days, his only ID to get into the disaster site was a tattoo on his forearm. "A couple times I showed them my Marine tattoo, and they said go ahead," recalled O'Brien, adding that he and other volunteers also came up with their own makeshift identification cards. "We didn't forge anything, we just made them up with our own pictures and at one point we copied a UPC code off a Pepsi can...
  • 9/11 Workers Say Giuliani Inflating His Role

    08/17/2007 11:34:02 AM PDT · by hardback · 15 replies · 601+ views
    The Los Angeles Daily News ^ | Article Last Updated: 08/16/2007 10:27:18 PM PDT
    NEW YORK - As Rudy Giuliani campaigns around the country highlighting his stewardship of New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, he is widely hailed for bringing order to a traumatized city. But he has also raised the hackles of rescue and recovery workers by likening his experience to theirs. On at least three occasions, in responding to accusations that city officials failed to adequately protect the health of workers in the wreckage, he has boasted that he faced comparable risks himself. In one appearance he declared that he had been in the ruins "as often (as), if...
  • Giuliani: I Misspoke About Ground Zero

    08/10/2007 2:22:34 PM PDT · by Reagan Man · 48 replies · 2,277+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | August. 10, 2007 | Libby Quaid
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani said Friday that he misspoke when he said he spent as much time, if not more, at ground zero exposed to the same health risks as workers combing the site after the Sept. 11 attacks. "I think I could have said it better," he told nationally syndicated radio host Mike Gallagher. "You know, what I was saying was, 'I'm there with you.'" The former New York mayor struck a nerve with firefighters and police officers when he said Thursday in Cincinnati that he was at ground zero "as often, if not more,...
  • 9/11 workers outraged by new Rudy claim

    08/10/2007 8:45:54 AM PDT · by BGHater · 14 replies · 769+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 10 Aug 2007 | CELESTE KATZ
    Rudy Giuliani drew outrage and indignation from Sept. 11 first-responders yesterday by saying he spent as much time - or more - exposed to the site's dangers as workers who dug through the debris for the missing and the dead. Speaking to reporters at a Cincinnati Reds ballgame he caught between fund-raisers, the GOP front-runner said he helped 9/11 families and defended himself against critics of how he managed the attack's aftermath. "This is not a mayor or a governor or a President who's sitting in an ivory tower," Giuliani said. "I was at Ground Zero as often, if not...
  • Second car bomb 'aimed at rescuers'

    07/01/2007 4:43:54 PM PDT · by Alouette · 52 replies · 1,771+ views
    Scotland on Sunday ^ | July 1, 2007 | Richard Elias
    THE terrorists who attempted to bomb central London last week deliberately placed the second vehicle to catch rescuers attending the injured from the first explosion, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. The senior security source also said the primitive gas and petrol devices were most likely the work of determined terrorists struggling - because of the security crackdown - to get their hands on the ingredients needed to create high explosives. Yesterday, a huge police manhunt was under way for the terrorists responsible as forensic experts continued to examine the vehicles involved for clues. The attack was thwarted after fumes were...